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Your College Football Saturday Viewing Guide: September 23, 2017

Maybe it’s not the strongest slate of games, but hey: it’s college football. Something goofy is bound to happen.

NCAA Basketball: Mississippi at Vanderbilt
It’d be really neat if Vanderbilt can pull the upset today.
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It’s time for another wild and woolly Saturday of college football!

From a look at this slate of nationally televised games, I think I understand why ESPN’s College Gameday elected to broadcast from Times Square in New York City today. The best game of the day is either #16 TCU at #6 Oklahoma State or #17 Mississippi State at #11 Georgia, and neither of those games were guarantees to be strong matchups when The World Wide Leader made the call on Times Square last week.

I still say that the right move for Gameday should have been Nashville for #1 Alabama at Vanderbilt, but that would have been a risk for ESPN. Vandy had to beat Kansas State last week to set up today’s encounter between two 3-0 SEC squads. Also there’s the very likely chance that Alabama pounds the ‘Dores into paste considering that the line appears to be hovering just under 20.

The late afternoon and evening windows do provide a certain amount of excitement, as there’s seven ranked teams on the road against unranked squads after 3pm today, and that doesn’t include the Miss St./Georgia game between two ranked teams. At least in terms of the odds, the best chance for an upset comes when #20 Florida wanders into Lexington to take on Kentucky. It’s a very weird world when we have to take Kentucky football seriously.

There is one regional coverage crossover on Big Ten Network, but if you find yourself trying to watch Rutgers or Indiana play football, you’re probably not living your best lives in the first place.

Here’s the schedule! Enjoy!

College Football Viewing Guide: 9/23/17

Time (CT) Game Television
Time (CT) Game Television
11:00 AM UNLV at #10 Ohio State Big Ten Network
11:00 AM NC State at #12 Florida State ABC
11:00 AM Texas Tech at Houston ESPN2
11:00 AM Army at Tulane CBS Sports Network
11:00 AM Texas A&M at Arkansas ESPN
11:00 AM UMass at Tennessee SEC Network
11:00 AM West Virginia Mountaineers at Kansas Jayhawks ESPNU
2:00 PM UCF at Maryland FS1
2:30 PM #1 Alabama at Vanderbilt CBS
2:30 PM Boston College at #2 Clemson ESPN2
2:30 PM #5 USC at California ABC
2:30 PM #16 TCU at #6 Oklahoma State ESPN
2:30 PM Rutgers at Nebraska Big Ten Network**
2:30 PM Georgia Southern at Indiana Big Ten Network**
2:30 PM Duke at North Carolina ESPNU
2:30 PM Louisiana Tech at South Carolina SEC Network
2:30 PM Cincinnati at Navy CBS Sports Network
3:00 PM #8 Michigan at Purdue Fox
5:30 PM #3 Oklahoma at Baylor FS1
6:00 PM #17 Mississippi State at #11 Georgia ESPN
6:00 PM #22 San Diego State at Air Force CBS Sports Network
6:00 PM Syracuse at #25 LSU ESPN2
6:30 PM #4 Penn State at Iowa ABC
6:30 PM #16 Auburn at Missouri ESPNU
6:30 PM #20 Florida at Kentucky SEC Network
7:00 PM Notre Dame at Michigan State Fox
9:00 PM #7 Washington at Colorado FS1
9:15 PM Hawaii at Wyoming ESPN2
9:30 PM UCLA at Stanford ESPN